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Youth vs Experience
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Posted 4/23/07 , edited 4/23/07
Obviously there are things that the young can do that us older guys can't and things we older guys can do that the young can't, but wich is truly better? Not just physicaly but also intellectually
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Posted 4/23/07
experience by far...

just because you have the capability to so something doesn't mean you have the brains to do it when it's necessary.

i'm a 25 year old freshman in college - most of the people i'm in class with are 18-20. i've seen and done so much more than them it's absurd. and it's reflected in the difference between the decisions we make.

the only thing really frustrating is that they learn a lot quicker than i can, but i'm willing to out work them so it's an odd sort of balance.

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Posted 4/23/07
Generally have to agree with experience. It's hard to define "better" of course, since it depends on the situation, but experience is often tied to maturity which makes someone a little easier to deal with if nothing else.
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Posted 4/23/07
"Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes."

- Oscar Wilde
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27 / F / Canada
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Posted 4/23/07
i think youth is better
yeah sure experience is all good and stuff... but don't you find it that sometimes experience is holding you back from something you want to do?

i don't know, i see youth as.. adventure waiting to happen
as opposed to experience... i've gone through the adventure, what now?
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58 / F / Melbourne
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Posted 4/23/07
Youth is better in a lot of ways - you learn quicker, you often have nothing to lose, you have unlimited possibilities and potential. Experience can also play a part, but only if you have learnt from your experience and know how to apply it. I found as I got older I learnt better how to coordinate the information I already had, as opposed to learning new things quicker when I was younger, but often couldn't see how they connected with other things. If that sounds strange, it probably won't when you are 49 like me.
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Posted 4/23/07
Depends... An elderly man's mind can be a brand knew bear trap, creating a judicious sage, or an old and rusted bear trap... So it depends, how old are we talking? I'd say that 60 or 70 years beats 20 or 30 years. But 90 or 120 years looses out to anything. No dotard is going to beat out a youth...
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26 / M / Jersey
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Posted 4/23/07
Experience is before everything in my mind. The youth are stubborn, hard headed know it alls who think they can best society. I'd trust an adult in any situation rather than a dumbass kid. Of course there are exceptions, but generally a kid believes that he can do everything possible without studying background information or by making ridiculous assumptions.
Posted 4/23/07
I'm going to play the sex card. Men look to women to make them feel young, women look to men to be old so they don't have to be.

Let's throw this into the theater of art. Take "Stick Genocide 17", one in a series of twenty flash animations by Billy, age 8. Compare it to someone older and goofier like Neil Cicierega or Seth Greene. Then hold all of them up against Miyazaki. There is probably some magic formula between practice and freshness, but I'm going to go further.

People have been posting on the experiences of youth. Obviously, to be experienced, one must pass through youth, and draw upon that. And you can find youths with a certain amount of experience. But I am not convinced of the superiority of youth based on a romantic concept of "could be" and opportunity, because even a youth, to a certain extent, already contains elements of experience that are already shaping his/her path; no such blank slate truly exists outside of the womb. And if you try to put a fetus up against any other member of the human race, I'll tell you which one I'd bet on.

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20 / M / Boston
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Posted 4/23/07
I get crapped on for being young in my field of work all the time. Then again if we were in the woods being chased by a bear I can certainly outrun a bunch over overweight 40-60 year old men and women. So as far as how my peers view me, experience and age is nice. While being chased by dangerous wildlife in the woods youthful energy is the winner.
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Posted 4/23/07
About the only thing I would want now from my younger self is the body - it gets harder to keep the 6-pack and good muscle tone when you get older. The strength may stay, but the looks start to fade - in contrast to that, the mind, while not being able to learn new things as easily, is sharper. You see things differently as you grow older, gain experience and learn more about yourself. When you go through more it tends to change your perspective on many things. You learn that there is always an exception; you learn to be more tolerant, and (hopefully) more patient.

There are stages to this that most people under the age of 30 may have a difficult time understanding. When you're 20, you know every thing. When you're 25 you think you know all you really need. When you are 30, you realize you don't know shit. The ages may vary of course, but the basic out line is pretty much the same. I'll let you know what I think I may know (or not) when I hit 35 :P
Posted 4/23/07

Hopchow wrote:

I get crapped on for being young in my field of work all the time.


Talk about job satisfaction. And you'd think that it'd be the older ones who aren't as nimble that would get crapped on instead. Boston IS crazy!
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Posted 4/23/07
Physically, youth has it --- but there are obese youth and physically fitted adults? So, maybe it depends.

Experience --- most probably, youth has to face more ups and downs to grow. However, there are young ones who went through the crueltyof life at their early age and there are adults who still acts like a brat.

Oh well, mine is experience.
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25 / M / Philippines
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Posted 4/23/07
yah, age is usually attached to experience, but in some cases, maybe rare cases, that's not really the case.
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